Congratulations to Dr. Eric Watkins!

July 20, 2022

Congratulations to Dr. Eric Watkins! Dr. Watkins has accepted the role of vice provost for distributed learning starting in September.

Behind the research: Tabletop strawberries extend growing season

July 20, 2022

As Kate Fessler works toward completing a master of science degree in applied plant sciences, she's evaluating a tabletop strawberry system that has been widely adopted in Europe and Canada to determine its feasibility for use in Minnesota. We talked with her about her journey to the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences (CFANS) and how tabletop strawberries could extend the growing season for the much-loved fruit.

The Apple Doesn’t Fall Far From the Tree

March 16, 2022

Ancestry tests aren’t just for people or pets anymore. Thanks to DNA-based tracking, researchers at the University of Minnesota have finally traced the family tree of Minnesota’s favorite apple cultivar - the Honeycrisp. Sifting through thousands of DNA markers, Department of Horticultural Science researchers have unwoven the pedigrees of many of the U’s best apple cultivars, following the roots back to their European ancestors and the first days of the breeding program. 

Spring 2022 Seminar Recordings

April 21, 2022

View our seminar recordings from the spring semester. Recordings will be added week by week. Recordings are available for 180 days after the date of the seminar. 

Copycat red nectar shows promise as a natural colorant and is gecko-approved

January 26, 2022

[UMN] Plants that secrete colored nectars are part of an exclusive club. To date, only 70 plants in the world are on that list. The colors lure in pollinators, but more recently they sparked the interest of researchers and industry partners in search of natural colorant options.

2022 Distinguished Alumni Award Recipient: Dr. David Zlesak

January 25, 2022

The 2022 Distinguished Alumni Award recipient is Dr. David Zlezak. Dr. Zlesak will be presenting at our Kermit Olson Memorial Lecture on Wednesday, February 16th, 2022.

Working Toward a Greener Spring: Finding Solutions to Winter Turfgrass Damage

January 5, 2022

Winter can lead to turfgrass damage and death, causing challenges for turfgrass managers. And with a changing climate, new challenges are cropping up every year. Eric Watkins, a professor in the Department of Horticultural Science, is seeking out answers to those challenges, most recently through an $8 million USDA Specialty Crop Research Initiative grant.


Lab Highlight: The Shannon Lab Graduate Students

December 15, 2021

We interviewed the graduate students from the Shannon Lab to see what they have been working on.

Giving is Fruitful for Science

December 8, 2021

As Minnesota Gophers we’re proud of the famous apple varieties including Honeycrisp that hail from our great state —but did you know that until 1888 we weren’t able to grow apples here due to the cold climate? That’s when the Uof M began its revolutionary fruit breeding program that has since released nearly 30 varieties of apples enjoyed by apple lovers far and wide. 

Read the full story in the 2021 fall edition of CFANS' Impact (page 6).